Designing Living Things


Thursday, February 14, 2019, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Designing Living Things Lecture image with Christina Agapakis

Free Public Lecture

Christina Agapakis, Creative Director, Ginkgo Bioworks

Biology can be a design medium: scientists can now “write” DNA and manipulate microbial behavior. In the future, they could also reshape entire ecosystems. Christina Agapakis is a synthetic biologist, writer, and artist who collaborates with engineers, designers, artists, and social scientists to explore the many unexpected connections between microbiology, technology, art, and popular culture. In this lecture, she will discuss current and potential uses of biotechnology in various fields from agriculture and medicine to consumer goods and renewable energy.

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

Presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Microbial Sciences Initiative at Harvard University

About the speaker:

Christina Agapakis is Creative Director at Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism design company based in Boston, that is bringing biology to industrial engineering. She holds a B.A. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Sciences from Harvard University. Her doctoral thesis  focused on producing hydrogen fuel in bacteria and making photosynthetic animals. Agapakis has written on biology, technology, and culture for a number of outlets, has taught designers at the ArtCenter College of Design and biomolecular engineers at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a founding editor of Method Quarterly, a magazine about science in the making.

Livestreaming Information:

This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. A recording of this program will be available on the HMSC Lecture Videos page approximately three weeks after the lecture. 

See also: Public Lectures